Re: Webelos to Scouts Transition
Todd Tingblad (TINGBLTN@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU)
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 08:22:23 -0500
Coming from a troop that had this done to it _unoffically_ by the local Cub
Pack, it doesn't work. Here is what happened:
For some reason, the then Cubmaster read the requirements of visiting a local
Boy Scout Troop and asking for an application as joining the troop you asked
for an application from.
So for about a month, these Webelos were in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
After one month in the troop, the Webelos got their Arrow of Light, graduated
from Cub Scouts and quit Boy Scouts. At least that's what 90% of these
Webelos did to my troop for three years.
Talk about hard on a troop. You would get 25 new Scouts in our troop all at
once. You would plan three months of program including camping for this
doubled size troop. Set up patrols. Get older Scouts to help these patrols
(this was before the Troop Guide was introduced). Work to sign up new
parents to help. In other words, put our hearts and soles into preparing and
presenting a good program for all the Scouts. Than one month after they come
in, 90% of them leave.
I don't wish that type of mess for any troop.
The current Webelos to Scout Transition program has helped our troop a lot.
By getting the whole Webelos Den active in some troop activities before they
graduate. Getting to meet with the Webelos Parents and explain what Boy
Scouts is as compared to Cub Scouts. Working to build friendships with the
local pack(s) and pack parents makes all the differance in the world.
From a graduating class of 18 Webelos, we still have 16 ACTIVE new Scouts
(one moved out of state and other never joined Boy Scouts). We have 5 new
ACTIVE members of the Troop Committee. Plus, for the first time in my 25
years with this troop, we will have 100% going to summer camp. That's the
whole troop, not just the new Scouts.
One other key factor that I also think helped a lot was Webelos Den Chiefs.
These Webelos all had a friend in the troop long before they even came to
visit the troop. A Boy Scout they could look up to and follow.
Forcing Webelos into Boys Scouts is the fastest way to turn them off of
Scouting and they'll turn off faster than a light.
Todd Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City